Published: Tue, June 12, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

French Open men’s semis roster set

French Open men’s semis roster set

It is his best result at Roland Garros since 2009 when he also made the semi-finals losing to Roger Federer in five sets.

Del Potro saved one but a backhand error handed Nadal the set and he never took a backward glance after that.

Del Potro's head-to-head record against Nadal is better than most.

"It's hard to better the performance he had past year here", Moya said of Nadal's 2017 masterpiece.

The battle between Thiem and Nadal will be an interesting one to look out for. And he set up a French Open final that, pardon the cliché, is a worthy clash between the king of clay and the man hailed as the prince.

At just 19, Nadal became the youngest victor of a Grand Slam title since Michael Chang won at Roland Garros in 1989 at 17. Upon resumption on Thursday, the defending champion stepped on the gas and crushed Schwartzman 4-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-2.

Earlier, the Japanese duo won 6-2, 6-2 against Hao-Ching Chan of Taiwan and Zhaoxuan Yang of China 6-2, 6-2.

When and where will be the French Open 2018 women's final be played? He would simply have to remember what worked for him in Madrid this year and try to replicate it.

The 16-year-old McNally, who is unseeded, beat Iga Swiatek of Poland 3-6, 7-6 (6), 6-4. By winning it all, every three out of four times (or even better), they have inarguably dominated the surface during the peaks of their powers. Nadal is a part of the Paris landscape now; his success at Roland Garros is a rite of spring.

Juan Martin Del Potro called the tournament doctor early in his French Open semifinal against Rafael Nadal.

Thiem grabbed a 2-0 head start in the first set as his powerful serve was fully charged and his approach to the net ruthless against a nervy Cecchinato. Their discussion took place minutes after del Potro seemed to hurt his left hip during the third game of the match after getting wrong-footed. After holding there, Nadal broke del Potro to take that set and was on his way, taking 14 of the past 17 games.

After a sticky first set in which Del Potro's powerful groundstrokes and heavy serve earned the Argentine several chances to forge ahead, Nadal seized control with as devastating a display as he has ever produced on Philippe Chatrier court. But he is also most comfortable positioning himself deep behind the baseline, which allows Nadal more time to get organized and react.

"I am in a positive way always on court", Nadal said.

The sixth-seeded Frenchmen have won two Grand Slams together. We evaluate three data points here: Grand Slams participated in (including Qualifiers), Finals appearances, and Championships.

Thiem had to weather three set points for Cecchinato, at 7-6, 9-8 and 10-9. I'm happy to play the final again at my favourite grand slam.

The 25-year-old was banned for match-fixing in 2016, a penalty overturned on appeal.

He will face Thiem in the final on Sunday after the Austrian won his semi-final against Marco Cecchinato. Their semifinal is later Friday.

When previewing this French Open - tipping Dominic Thiem at [14.00] - I wrote that Nadal was no certainty, and that, if looking only at their clay court form, Nadal should be a [1.55]-shot to beat the improving upstart, were they to meet.

A fourth set point for Thiem vanished because of one of Cecchinato's many drop shots.

Nadal has an 84-2 win-loss record at Roland Garros. Thiem has a chance to win his third title of the year and his 11th for his career.

Del Potro is playing in the French Open semifinals for the first time in nine years.

On Friday as well, he held his nerves at the crutch moment - when he faced three set points in the second set tiebreak and worked his way back from fudging his own share of five set points. "Therefore, Thiem in four".

In doing so, he became the youngest men's singles Grand Slam finalist since Kei Nishikori at the 2014 US Open.

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